M. TENNIS | Bulldogs bash Bears 6–1

The men’s tennis team clinched a second-place finish in the Ivy League with a 6–1 win over Brown Saturday in New Haven.

The No. 74 Bulldogs’ win moved them into a three-way tie for second with Harvard and Cornell, and improved Yale’s record for the year to 16–8 overall, 5–2 in the Ivy League.

Captain Conor Dawson ’10 defeated Brown’s Tim Klanke in straight sets Saturday in the No. 5 singles. He also won in the doubles match.
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Captain Conor Dawson ’10 defeated Brown’s Tim Klanke in straight sets Saturday in the No. 5 singles. He also won in the doubles match.

“It would have been great to win the league but we haven’t finished second in a long time so it was good to finish high,” captain Connor Dawson ’10 said. “I couldn’t be happier with the way the guys picked it up and played the rest of the season after losing the Ivy opener against Princeton.”

The Elis took the doubles point to start the day, using a victory at the No. 1 spot from Marc Powers ’13 and Erik Blumenkranz ’12 and another from Dawson and Calvin Bennett ’11 to take the 1–0 lead.

Powers and John Huang ’13 earned wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, while Daniel Hoffman ’13, Dawson and Blumenkranz won at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, en route to the win.

Yale, Harvard and Cornell all finished behind champion Columbia. The Elis lost to Harvard, but beat Cornell in their meeting this season.

The Bulldogs now await the NCAA Tournament bracket announcement in early May and are hoping for an at-large bid to the tournament, which begins on May 14. Columbia received an automatic bid as the Ivy League champs.

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